I was in a discussion about how some organizations or projects operate on a need-to-know basis and whilst I understand why there is a need to do that sometimes, it is really frustrating for team members not to know what and why they are doing what they are doing.
More importantly, creativity will not happen because they do not even know what to be creative about.
With that in the midst of our discussion, this scene from Ratatouille suddenly came to mind.
Can we not equate such team members to rats in the walls?
In the scene, as Remy the rat escaped from the sewers up to the walls of a building, he scurried from room to room observing what was happening in each.
Isn't this akin to team members who only have the privilege to peep in to departments or sections in the company but do not know what they do?
And only when Remy climbed up and up and up onto the roof--which analogically is where top management is--he sees Paris.
Isn't it tough to be working in projects or organizations like these, where all we can do is scurry here and there to find out what's going on?
And isn't it sad that we are all along in Paris but do not know it?